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    • I finally finished the book The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and really enjoyed it. A little bit about the book without any spoilers...

      The Rules of Blackheath
      Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
      There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
      We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
      Understood? Then let's begin...

      Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify
      her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again,
      Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts
      are more helpful than others.

      The book definitely throws you into the action straightaway. You have the standard British murder mystery tropes - an isolate country estate that's fallen into ruin, a mysterious cast of characters gathered at said estate for an important announcement, and a murder that seemingly makes no sense. As your protagonist Aiden journeys through each of his assigned "bodies," they're in a race against the clock to solve the mystery and escape being trapped at Blackheath when the 8 days are passed...forever.

      Author Stuart Turton isn't afraid to throw you surprising twists, turns, and curveballs as you go through this journey along with his protagonist. The characters he depicts are a mixed bag, from reprehensible villains to sympathetic antiheroes. Everyone's motivations are called into question. I wouldn't be surprised if this is being optioned by a streaming service already to be turned into a limited series.

      With KNIVES OUT coming out and so many people enjoying mysteries, this would be an excellent choice if you're looking for an unusual read!

    • I thought this book was fabulous! I read that the British version is called “The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.” No spoilers, but either title seems appropriate.

    • Awesome review! 👏 I got a twofer out of this: a book to gift my wife, who is a mystery addict and has read most of the ones ever written, and a date to see Knives Out when it premieres with her. What a cast.